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Zotac GTX 1080 Ti Mini Review – the world’s smallest!

We first measure GPU temperature while the card is sat idling at the Windows 10 desktop for 5 minutes. Gaming GPU temperature is recorded by running the Deus Ex benchmark at 4K. As a maximum stress test, Fire Strike Ultra Stress Test is run 5 consecutive times and the cards’ GPU temperature levels are recorded.

Ambient room temperature was held at around 23°C.

Note: due to some logistics issues, we are unable to present data for the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards in this test.

Not surprisingly, the Zotac Mini runs rather hot – 84C is actually the default thermal limit, and within a just few minutes of gaming the card will hit that limit and stay there. This causes GPU Boost 3.0 to lower the chip’s core frequency over time, hence why we saw Nvidia’s Founders Edition card out-performing the Mini in some titles.

The card’s backplate and shroud remain quite cool, however, with a hotspot of 57C on the rear of the card. There are a couple of capacitors on the side of the card, just above the Zotac logo, and these reached up to 66C during our stress test – but that is still well within thermal limits.

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  • Hapkiman

    Even though it runs hot, this could be a great card for a SFF build that is being used as a HTPC multi purpose system in your living room. It could bring 4k gaming to your 4k living room TV! I wonder if there is a small AIO cooler that would fit and could help tame those temps.

  • Babel 17

    The mini’s low idle temperature relative to the cards it was tested against suggest the possibility that a custom fan profile might help with its acoustics. As might a well ventilated case. I have a GTX 1070 FE and can attest that it, like many others, got some benefit from a custom voltage profile using Afterburner software. Lower voltage can help the card from hitting its power and temp limits as early, and might help with idle temps and fan speed and noise as well. This was a very informative review, thanks. It’s nice too see more options opening up for gamers.